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Newly revealed figures show that more than £706,000 of National Lottery funding was awarded across Wrexham in the last year alone

72 Lottery grants were given out in Wrexham during 2015; providing a vital boost to arts, sports and heritage projects alongside community groups helping those most in need.

A wide variety of local projects received National Lottery grants last year, including:

  • £4,444 to Bellevue Playgroup Limited to purchase toys and equipment for the children attending the playgroup. This grant was for a bookcase, six tables, a camera, dressing-up clothes, a laptop, sandpit, water tray, craft resources and mats.
  • £9,828 to Enterprise & Education Alliance Limited to teach basic computer and internet workshops to older people, helping them pursue hobbies and other interests.
  • £1,398 to Wrexham Athletic Club Special Olympics for Coach Education and Equipment

From today, these examples, or any organisation that has ever received National Lottery funding, have the possibility of gaining nationwide acclaim by enteringThe National Lottery Awards 2016.

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Jim Jones, MD of North Wales Tourism Ltd in Llanduddno.

Jim Jones, MD of North Wales Tourism Ltd in Llanduddno.

Thrill seekers will help generate a £2 billion bonanza for North Wales this year, according to a tourism chief.

The Welsh Government has designated 2016 as the Year of Adventure and Jim Jones, the Managing Director of North Wales Tourism, believes it heralds a new golden era for the visitor economy.

North Wales is at the epicentre of the growing adventure holidays market and is earning recognition as a world leader thanks to developments like Zip World and Surf Snowdonia.

The sector already employs 40,000 people across North Wales – which adds up to one in every seven jobs in the area.

At the same time Mr Jones estimates more than £100 million of mainly private sector money is currently being invested in tourism-related projects in the region.

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A Portuguese Carnival will start from Eagles Meadow in Wrexham on Sat February 6 and parade around the town centre. Dawn McGuire, and dog Harry, are pictured with, from left, organiser Jorge Szabo, centre manager Kevin Critchley and Francisco Meves

A WREXHAM shopping centre will take on a thrilling carnival atmosphere when it becomes a small corner of Portugal early next month.

Members of the town’s thriving Portuguese community have chosen to start their big annual pre-Lent parade from Eagles Meadow on the afternoon of Saturday, February 6.

And the man in charge of organising the feel-good event says he hopes as many shoppers as possible will enjoy the spectacle and perhaps join revellers as they go on to wend their way out of the centre and around the town.

Jorge Szabo, who came over to live in Wrexham 14 years ago and now works in the restaurant business, is president of the Association of Portuguese Culture in Great Britain whose members are masterminding the carnival.

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Christmas Concert 2014The first ever choir to sing at the world-famous Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod is to make a symbolic return to celebrate the festival’s 70th year.

The Colne Valley Male Voice Choir, based in Huddersfield, has scooped six titles at the historic festival over the years as well as five second places and two third prizes – but back in 1947 they missed out.

The 70-strong choir, which was founded in Slaithwaite in 1922, was the first to take to the Eisteddfod stage in 1947 and it was up against choirs from Hungary, the eventual winners, Spain, Italy, Denmark and Holland as well as Wales and England.

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this project 2016
Wrexham’s pop-up creative space Undegun will be holding a studio holder’s exhibition named ‘Ignite’ for the first time since opening in 2013 Undegun has become the home for practicing artists and a wide range of talented local people, and they will be joining up to exhibit their work as a collective within the creative space, based in the former JJB Sports shop, from February 6th 2016.

To ensure the doors are not closed for too long from the 20th January members of the public are invited in to the friendly gallery to talk to, and observe, the artists who will be creating their new work ahead of the grand opening. For a lot of the artists the work will be built on site and developed within the space, so this is a great opportunity to preview the exhibition and find out how the work progresses over time.

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